Tri-City Street Rods 40th Annual Car Show

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

Founded in 1973 by a handful of young car enthusiasts, Tri-City Street Rods held its first car show in Grand Island that year. Now 40 years later, the weekend long event is still going strong.

"We have 137 entries this year. A lot of cars, any kind of variety you can think of. We've got hot rods, antiques, race cars," said Show Chairman, Ron Von Behren.

Von Behren says this yearly tradition is bigger and better than ever, drawing in thousands of people. There is a limit on how many cars can be in the show, so securing a spot to show off your wheels can be considered a privilege.

"We maybe get over 200 entries from people that want to be in the show. But we don't like to show the same car twice, two years in a row so we don't do that. And with that many entries to choose from, we get to select the very best," said Von Behren.

Mike Graham lives in Grand Island and has participated in the car show for several years. He says the experience keeps him coming back.

"It's the cars, but it's also all the nice people. You know you visit, you meet new people and everybody can't like the same thing... But people are like that's a really nice 55 Chevy," said Graham.

Around for decades, Tri-City Street Rods is a club that continues to donate to charities and groups since its founding.

"The profits from the car show go to different charities," said Von Behren.

The annual show not only brings in donations while letting owners show off their rides, but local car-related businesses are also getting in on the action.

"Mostly local, good exposure! We probably get about 4 or 5 thousand people coming through the doors over the weekend, so very good exposure," said Von Behren.

After 40 years, member Alton Jackson says the Tri-City Street Rods don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

"This is just a real exciting time. I can't believe it, I don't know where the 40 years have gone. But the people in Nebraska have been real good to us and supportive of this show, and having it in this building is awesome," said Jackson.


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